A Merry Maid
Dir: Wong Hok-sing
Scr: Lee Yuen-man
Cast: Connie Chan Po-chu, Ng Kwan-lai, Lee Hong-kum
1967 / Colour / D Beta / Cantonese / 97min
In the late 1960s, Cantonese films were quickly losing their popularity with audiences. Nevertheless, Wong Hok-sing was still able to produce hit films like The Red Robe (1965), The Reincarnation of Lady Plum Blossom (1968) and this film. Yam Kim-fai’s disciple Connie Chan Po-chu plays the legendary Lun Man-chui, a flirting scholar who falls for an equally clever housemaid. Already a superstar at the time, Chan is at her spunky best when Lun faces off other literary scholars in battles of words. Also an opera performer, Chan excelled in her singing scenes in an impressive lead performance that would’ve made her teacher proud. Wong’s filmmaking style is simple, but always interesting, creating clean, elegant images to fill his widescreen frame. The producers had hoped that the presence of a popular screen idol like Chan would create a hit. However, the film did not stop the downward trend of Cantonese cinema, making this one last spark before Wong’s retirement from filmmaking.
||Cinema, Hong Kong Film Archive
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